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Courchevel 1850 has the majority of smart hotels, Michelin-star restaurants, designer boutiques and nightlife, but it also has a lot of traffic and English voices. Courchevel’s other villages make up for this: 1650 has a more pleasant centre with a quiet square off the main road and traditional-style buildings; 1550 is quiet and spacious; and away from the road, La Praz (1300) offers a low-key, friendly atmosphere with rustic restaurants.
The modern, reliable lift system in Courchevel means queues are minimal. There are only a few lifts to avoid: the Col de la Loze and the drags on the 1650 side of Chanrossa can be slow. During peak season, the Biollay chair serving the snowpark is very popular with the ski school so queues can build here too.
Be sure to take the cable car up from Courchevel 1850 to the summit of Saulire (2,700m) and savour the views. Advanced skiers can then take the red and black runs all the way back down.
Fans of cross-country skiing will find a total of 60 kilometres of trails. 1300 is the most suitable village, with trails through the woods towards 1550, 1850 and Méribel. Given enough snow, there are also loops around the village.
Non-skiing activities include the two-kilometre evening toboggan runs (until 7:30pm) between Couchevel 1850 and 1550; snow rafting in an inflatable dingy; as well as snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowcat driving, ballooning; contact White Tracks (+33(0)686-123-417).
Taste the local cuisine: regional specialities include raclette, tartiflette and fondue – all of which are delicious and will replace all the energy you’ve expended on the slopes.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 12/08/2012
Projected Closing Ski Season: 04/26/2013
Years Open: 13
Average Snowfall: 567"
Pros: Pour venir Ã Courchevel, privilÃ©gier l'hÃ©lico plutÃ´t que la voiture. Si vous ne faites pas
Cons: Pour venir Ã Courchevel, privilÃ©gier l'hÃ©lico plutÃ´t que la voiture. Si vous ne faites pas
Pros: Ski de qualitÃ© et beaucoup d'animations
Cons: Navettes surchargÃ©es
Pros: AccÃ¨s au reste des 3 vallÃ©es, plus attrayant
Cons: Tarifs et clientÃ¨le correspondante
Pros: Gestion des pistes, Ville animÃ©e la nuit, Shopping
Cons: TrÃ¨s trÃ¨s cher, esprit sportif oubliÃ©s par les touristes riches
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